Obesity Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 1202–1206 | Cite as

A 5-Year History of Laparoscopic Gastric Band Removals: an Analysis of Complications and Associated Comorbidities

  • Jamil Jaber
  • Jordan Glenn
  • David Podkameni
  • Flavia SotoEmail author
Original Contribution



This study was undertaken to examine the factors contributing to laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) removals among adults > 18 years of age. We hypothesized that female patients with multiple comorbidities would have increased removals.


This retrospective exploratory study uses internal records and standard statistical methods of analysis.


Eighty-five bands were removed (11.8% males, 88.2% females). The average BMI was 40.7 (n = 83). 2.4% of patients had removals between 0 and 12 months, 18.8% between 39 and 51 months, and 35.3% between 39 and 64 months. 8.2% of treatment times were unknown. The average treatment time was 67.9 months. 48.2% of patients had ≥ 2 comorbidities, GERD (44.2%) being the most frequent. 49.4% of patients reported dysphagia as the reason for band removal. 22.4% of removals were associated with band failures, none with port complications. The reason for band removal was unknown in 21.2% of patients. 67.1%, 32.9%, and 23.5% attended 30-, 60-, and 90-day follow-up appointments, respectively. Weight post-band removal surgery at 30, 60, and 90 days was noted to be − 0.4%., 0.9%, and 0.4%, respectively.


This study supports current literature suggesting LAGB may not be an effective long-term surgical intervention for obesity. Patients with > 2 comorbidities had increased rates of removal. Dysphagia was noted to be the primary reason cited for LAGB removal. Postoperative follow-up was found to be a significant challenge for LAGB removal patients. Further study is warranted to explore if these poor follow-up rates should be considered when risk stratifying LAGB patients for revisional surgery.


Gastric band Removals 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

For this type of study, formal consent was not required.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Medicine PhoenixUniversity of ArizonaPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Banner Gateway HospitalGilbertUSA
  3. 3.Banner Estrella HospitalPhoenixUSA

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